SABRE Seeks to Correct Michigan Lawmaker's Recent Decision on Pepper Spray Regulations

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The world’s largest pepper spray brand aims to raise awareness of how a new law is allowing Michigan to sell pepper sprays that are actually less potent than before.

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“The myth that a higher OC equals a better spray has been kicking around the industry for years with misguided vendors using it as a marketing tool,” explained SABRE CEO David Nance. “One of our major goals is to try and dispel this rumor, and remove ambiguity so folks can make an informed decision.

SABRE, the leading personal safety brand in the industry and the number one pepper spray used by police and consumers worldwide, is calling attention to the fact that Michigan’s new law was enacted based on misinformation.

The law, which was passed on April 2, allows the amount of Oleoresin Capsicum (OC) in pepper sprays to be increased from 10 to 18 percent under the pretense of creating more effective products.

The problem is, the OC percentage only measures how much pepper has been used in the formula—which unfortunately, does NOT indicate the heat strength or stopping power, and provides a false sense of security to unsuspecting consumers.

“The myth that a higher OC equals a better spray has been kicking around the industry for years with misguided vendors using it as a marketing tool,” explained SABRE CEO David Nance. “One of our major goals is to try and dispel this rumor, and remove ambiguity so folks can make an informed decision.”

Major Capsaicinoids (MC) are the heat bearing and pain producing components within pepper spray and the only accurate indicator of pepper spray strength.

These are the actual pain-producing ingredients that stop assailants and can be proven through a special testing process. SABRE currently offers the highest level of MCs in the category at 1.33%. For comparison purposes the Environmental Protection Agency requires bear sprays to be at least 1.0% major capsaicinoids.

“The EPA uses Major Capsaicinoids to regulate the strength of bear and dog sprays,” said Nance. “It would be a much greater service to consumers if we can open the eyes of lawmakers to this fact. Regulating a non-strength indicator such as OC percentages only creates more confusion and less safety among consumers. Most of the brands advertising 18% OC have major capsaicinoid contents of less than 0.7%. So, in allowing these sprays to be sold in Michigan, pepper sprays are now actually less potent than before!”

All SABRE industry leading sprays utilize the highest MC percentages possible and are backed by High-Performance Liquid Chromatography testing for consistent heat levels, and are the #1 brand used by police globally.

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